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16. Songs for violin and voice: Caitlin Hulcup & Jonathan Stone

12 October 2020, 17:30 - 18:30

The superb Australian mezzo-soprano Caitlin Hulcup makes a welcome return to the Festival for a programme of works for voice, violin, and piano, in various combinations, joined by the violinist Jonathan Stone and Oxford Lieder’s Artistic Director, Sholto Kynoch.

Three works are for voice and violin alone: one from the Three Old English Songs by Rebecca Clarke, which are beautiful arrangements by this increasingly recognised composer, simple and expressive and born of both the early music and folk song revivals of the early 20th century; and, by contrast, two from the wildly virtuosic and thrilling Suite for Voice and Violin by the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. Works for the full trio include Saint-Saëns’s atmospheric Violons dans le soir, songs by Louis Spohr – a friend of Beethoven’s who was hugely esteemed in his own time – and the late-romantic Russian Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov. Some songs are about, but do not include, the violin, including Wolf’s witty ‘Wie lange schon war immer mein verlangen’ and Poulenc’s ‘Paganini’. And they conclude with Saint-Saëns’s ‘Danse Macabre’ which was indeed a song before it became a perennial violin showpiece!

This concert will be streamed completely live from the Holywell Music Room. Shortly afterwards, it will also be available to watch again (using the same ticket and link) until 1 November 2020. Click here for further information on how tickets will work this year.

This event will be presented by Katy Hamilton.



Artist Portrait

Caitlin Hulcup

Caitlin Hulcup

Mezzo soprano

Caitlin Hulcup has appeared at leading opera houses internationally, including the Wiener Staatsoper, Berliner Staatsoper, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Teatro Real Madrid, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, La Monnaie, Theater an der Wien, Bolshoi Theatre and Palau de les Arts Valencia. Concert highlights include performances at the BBC Proms, and with the Wiener Akademie, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Academy... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Jonathan Stone

Jonathan Stone


British violinist Jonathan Stone is an internationally acclaimed chamber musician, soloist, concertmaster and director. As soloist and chamber musician, highlights of this season include appearances at the Larzac, North Norfolk, Battle, Ironstone and Marryat Players chamber music festivals, as well as the Oxford Lieder Festival. In May 2019, he appears as a guest artist with the Nash Ensemble to record Fanny Mendelssohn’s string quartet, and in January 2020 he returns to Wigmore Hall as violinist of the Phoenix Piano Trio. Jonath... Read Full Biography
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Sholto Kynoch

Sholto Kynoch


Sholto Kynoch is a sought-after pianist who specialises in song and chamber music. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, which won a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2015, cited for its ‘breadth, depth and audacity’ of programming. In July 2018, Sholto was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in the RAM Honours. Recent recitals have taken him to Wigmore Hall, Heidelberger Frühling in Germany, the Zeist International Lied Festival in Holland, the LIFE Victoria festi... Read Full Biography

Festival Passes

This event is part of a series:

Connections Across Time - A Brief History of Song

Over a packed eight days, world-class artists including Benjamin Appl, Ian Bostridge, Sarah Connolly and Roderick Williams will present some 40 concerts and events, from venues across Oxford and completely live. From the comfort of your own home, you will be able to enjoy these concerts live-streamed in the highest quality. We’ll be exploring every possible advantage of this temporary ...

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